Alberto triggers tropical storm warnings along Florida coast

Alberto triggers tropical storm warnings along Florida coast

"Overnight Sunday night and into Monday, we should start to see a lot more widespread heavy rainfall associated with that storm system".

The Storm Surge Watch has been extended eastward to Crystal River, Florida.

A week before the official start to hurricane season, Subtropical Storm Alberto has made its way through the Gulf of Mexico toward Florida, bringing with it a blast of high winds and heavy rain. Locally over 8 inches of rain is possible in parts of the Florida Panhandle, southern Alabama and southwest Georgia.

U.S. forecasters followed suit by issuing a tropical storm watch for parts of the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle southwest of Tallahassee to the New Orleans metropolitan area. Alberto, as a subtropical storm, has some warm and some cold in its core.

Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

Earliest reasonable arrival time of tropical storm
Earliest reasonable arrival time of tropical storm

With Alberto nearing the Florida Panhandle Monday, we will still be on the wet side of the system and our rain chances will remain elevated.

For Tampa Bay, this means the area has a shot at tropical storm force winds in excess of 39 miles per hour with gusts toward 50 miles per hour. The highest rainfall totals will accumulate on the coast with 3 to 5 inches possible.

Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency on Saturday as the storm threatened up to 12 inches of rain as well as tidal surges and damaging winds. A flash flood watch remains in effect through Tuesday in case Alberto brings heavy rains our way Monday and Tuesday.

A tropical storm warning expired for Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Centre said. There were no immediate reports of emergencies. The NWS said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, much of southern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle. The 40 mph winds extend outward up to 140 miles to the east of the center of the storm, the Hurricane Center said. "I have directed essential state agencies to be on the ready should they be needed over the next couple of days", Ivey said. Subtropical Storm Alberto, our first of the year, is making it's way into the Gulf of Mexico right now.

Storm Surge: The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. Wind gusts and rough seas are also expected to increase on Saturday, with possible tornadoes over the weekend.

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